More than 3,000 Singaporeans equipped with 5G skills through TechSkills Accelerator Initiative

Singapore, 18 November 2021 – The TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) initiative has equipped more than 3,000 Singaporeans with 5G skills over the last year. In addition, a new 5G training portal has been launched to train more Singaporeans to take up fresh opportunities in this growth area.

Minister for Communications and Information, Josephine Teo shared these developments and officially launched the new Singapore 5G and Telecoms Academy (5G Academy) portal at Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) annual Regional Industry Networking Conference (RINC), which discusses the latest engineering trends, developments and innovations. Josepihine Teo, the event’s Guest-of-Honour, also launched the Singapore Polytechnic’s 5G and Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) Centre.

The 5G Academy, part of the TeSA initiative, was formed on 1 November 2020 to equip Singaporeans with 5G skills. The Academy, led by Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), works with the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), Mobile Network Operators and industry partners to aggregate hiring and training requirements from the 5G ecosystem.

To date, more than 3,000 Singaporeans have been trained with 5G skills through the Academy and the combined effort of all the Institutes of Higher Learning and industry partners. These trainees have been equipped with skills required for 5G jobs such as Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Software Development.

The 5G Academy’s new training portal launched today includes more than 500 courses from various Institutes of Higher Learning, and more training options with other training providers and industry partners will continuously be added to the portal.

Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive of IMDA, said, “5G is the next bound of mobile technology that underpins our digital economy. It offers many good job opportunities and we have thus far equipped more than 3,000 Singaporeans with 5G skills. I hope to see more Singaporeans seizing these opportunities, and join us in building Singapore’s digital future.”

SP’s Principal and CEO, Soh Wai Wah, said, “Singapore Polytechnic is an industry-relevant polytechnic that is proactively responding to constantly evolving manpower needs for our industries. The launch of the 5G and AIoT Centre and the Singapore 5G and Telecoms Academy are exciting strategic initiatives that will expand the 5G ecosystem talent pool as we prepare our students and adult learners with the capabilities and skills to contribute to Singapore’s nationwide 5G rollout and grow our digital economy.”

The Singapore Polytechnic’s 5G and AIoT Centre, which has also been launched, will enable enterprises to prototype and adopt 5G innovation and solutions. The Centre aims to accelerate the development of 5G industrial use cases in Singapore. Companies that are keen to develop proof-of-concept solutions can also consult technical experts at the centre for the development of their 5G products and services.

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Source: Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)